Derek Olson was born and raised in the Black Hills of South Dakota. Derek spent his childhood in Belle Fourche and after college at the Art Institute of Colorado, he moved home. He was and still is very active in the arts and theater.
For the last nine years Derek has worked for Monte at TDG Communications as web designer, animator and videographer. He has created many websites and commercials, several of which has won him regional and national awards. He considers himself very lucky to work in an industry where he gets to be an artist every day. In addition to his work at TDG, for the last seven years he has been director of the Belle Fourche High School theater department. He is also a founding and active member in Belle Fourche Community Theater.
All in all, he considers himself a pretty damn lucky guy.